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    Procedure or Surgery (Implant chemotherapy port): The Doctors who handled the implant and removal of the chemo ports were excellent. The implant doctor made it a point to tell me that I would be at risk of developing an infection if it was suggested I leave the chemo needle in place during treatment. He said "needle in, needle out" after each infusion. I did get some push back from a few nurses but held my ground and was glad I did.

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    Oh No (Doctors believe it's likely to have originated from the lung.): The beginning of my journey occurred on July 5, 2011. While showering I felt a lump in my left neck/clavicle area. Within 2 days I had an MRI that confirmed a mass that was indicative of some form of cancer. This was the beginning of my "Oh No" period. My father had passed away (not cancer) in 1980 when he was in his mid fifties. One month later my first daughter, his first grandchild was born. My children never knew their grandfather and now I was going to put them in the same position. I had a mental meltdown and for the first time in my life considered suicide to shorten the pain of loss that they would have to endure. Fortunately I quickly came to the conclusion that suicide would cause far greater pain for them, my wife and family and would be contrary to the values my family had instilled in me. I was also distressed about other unknowns: how much time did I have left, losing my job, insurance coverage and the potential of losing my life savings for medical treatments that would at best, prolong my life but not save it. These were my first significant "Oh No" moments and my doctors were key to recognizing and treating this aspect of my journey.

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